This report sets out to critically review the evidence base on the
impact of using mobile phone technology for nutrition (and other)
surveillance. By doing so, the report can offer a starting point for
international donors, local practitioners and others who consider the
application of mobile phones to facilitate surveillance. The evidence
review also aims to identify gaps in the current knowledge base and to
highlight areas where future research and analysis are necessary.
The review will begin by critically examining the extent and quality of
existing evidence on the impact of using mobile phone technology for
nutrition surveillance and surveillance in related sectors.
Drawing on the identified evidence base, the review will then assess:
whether mobile phones have the potential to improve the effectiveness of
surveillance with regards to timeliness, costs, data quality, data
analysis and visualisation; and,
whether the use of mobile phones can
influence/strengthen the empowering effect of nutrition (and other)
summary of evidence on challenges
summary of evidence enabling factors for a successful implementation of mobile phone-based surveillance systems.
There is a brief on this research
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Transform Nutrition Programme which is led by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Barnett, I.; Gallegos, J.V. Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of Evidence. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK (2013) 32 pp. [IDS Evidence Report No. 1]